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Will there be a whole lotta shakin' goin' on?
6:12pm Thursday 24th April 2008 in Your letters
Intrigued that I am after reading recent readers' letters regarding the King's Statue in Weymouth, I have made a point of finding out about the renovation of our town's most prestigious landmark.
I am delighted to report that much of the funding for this project had been provided by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
So, unless you set about scratch-cards in the same way my charming wife and I used to scratch our legs after a visit to Weymouth's famous old flea-pit cinema, this won't be costing you a bean.
However, I have it on the lowest of authorities that the reason the job has taken so long has been a dispute over the status of the King himself.
In a move seen by some as political correctness gone mad, old King George has been seen by do-gooders as too white ruling class' and are in the process of replacing Mad George with a King that will mean more to our inclusive, modern society: Elvis.
Of course, this has led to even more ructions at Lottery HQ, with opinion divided between Young Elvis, Comeback Special Elvis or Old Fat Vegas Elvis.
In the end, they settled for a healthy compromise in Welsh Elvis-a-like Shakin' Stevens, modelled on his highly successful This Ole House' era.
A fine choice for the people of Weymouth, I think you will agree.
Shakin' - who can only be admired for going through life with such an unusual first name - will be in the region for a concert at Lulworth Castle in July.
It would be great if this all-singin', all-dancin' (and, dare I say it?) all-shakin' tribute to the great man could be unveiled by then.
Would I lie to you?
Mr Kim, Portland, Name and address supplied